Election judges ensure the voting process goes smoothly and honestly. Serving as an election judge is a great way to meet your neighbors and protect one of our most cherished freedoms - the right to vote.
To learn more and ask questions, email us or call 952-939-8200.
Elections judges are responsible for:
- Opening and closing the polls
- Setting up voting equipment
- Registering and signing in voters
- Distributing and collecting ballots
- Helping voters requiring assistance
- Recording and certifying vote totals
Election Judges are only hired during even-year elections. An applications will be available online during hiring.
To be an election judge you must:
- Be eligible to vote
- Be able to read, write and speak English
- Attend a required training session
- Declare your party affiliation (state law requires this to make sure that no more than half of the election judges at a polling place are from any one party)
The following are not eligible:
- A spouse, parent, child or sibling of another election judge at the same polling place
- A candidate in the election
- A person domiciled with a candidate on the ballot
The majority of shifts are for the full day, typically from 6 a.m. until all votes are counted. Some half-day shifts are available.
- Minnetonka election judges are paid for Election Day and training.
- State law allows for time off from work without loss of wages to serve as an election judge with 20 days prior written notice to your employer.
At this time, the student election judge program is full. We appreciate your interest and hope you'll check back for future opportunities.
The City of Minnetonka seeks motivated high school students, ages 16 and 17, to serve as student election judges.
Student election judges provide key support at polling places on Election Day. Tasks include opening and closing the polls, assisting voters and upholding voting laws. This is a paid opportunity and training is provided.
Student election judge requirements
- 16 years of age or older on Election Day
- Currently enrolled in a high school or home-school in Minnesota
- Resident of Hennepin County or an adjacent county
- Able to read, write and speak English
- Good academic standing
- Parent and school permission
- U.S. citizen
- Cannot be related to another judge in the same precinct
- Able to attend two-hour training session
- Reliable, accurate and positive when dealing with the public
- Serve without a political party designation